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Women Celebrate their Resilience in Male Dominated Fields on IWD

During a Festival to mark the day in Kampala, two young women who spoke to Uganda Radio Network, tell of how they have to be resilient and sometimes juggle between different jobs to break even in male dominated fields.
09 Mar 2013 07:31

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As they marked this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), young women in Uganda are making strides to improve their economic status.

 

During a Festival to mark the day in Kampala, two young women who spoke to Uganda Radio Network, tell of how they have to be resilient and sometimes juggle between different jobs to break even in male dominated fields.

 

Grace Nanyonga Mugisha is a young business entrepreneur. At 28, she is married, has two children and runs an established fish production unit.

 

While 26 year old Joy Julu is a Disc Jockey (DJ), writer and event planner, who says clients often make sexual advances at her, rather than see her as a professional DJ.

 

//Cue In: In the sense…’’

Cue Out…to die poor’’.//

 

Two years ago, Grace Mugisha launched the Grana Fish Supplies, at the Habitat for Humanity village in Mukono. Mugisha says the unit packages value added fish after smoking and seasoning them for distribution in schools and several markets in Mukono.

 

For Mugisha, business was an early calling, after both her parents passed on and she had to take care of her siblings.

 

She started selling roast maize, chicken and then fish, her peers nick named her chicken or fish girl. But that did not deter her spirits.

 

Cue in: I started business…’’

Cue Out…economically empowered’’.//

 

Even as Mugisha struggles to break even in the business, Joy Julu is bargaining whether the music industry is the right choice.

 

Julu says after some consideration, she plunged her energy as a DJ in various entertainment joints in Kampala and has to put up with stiff competition from her male counterparts.

 

She says most people do not take her career seriously, since its entertainment based. Julu laments that at times, she has to ward off advances from male clients who see her as a show girl.

 

//Cue in: Being a woman…’’

Cue Out…inside hooker’’, //

 

For these two women, their independence is being able to provide for their families, get established in their careers as and at the same time become economic independent.

 

 Mugisha and Julu agree that women in Uganda have to stand counted not just to wait for female quotas as provided in affirmative action. They have to be seen not as women first, but for what they can achieve in the competitive market.

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